By Laurie Jo Miller Farr

Local craft beer has been a thing in San Francisco since the gold rush days … and it still is. The Bay Area hop scene is bouncing, more breweries are popping up everywhere, and beer festivals are growing exponentially from year to year. But why wait for the next beer festival when you can drink great locally brewed IPAs, Imperial Stout, Saison, Pilsner, Belgians, German and many other styles right where they are made?

Anchor Brewing Company
The courtyard at Mission Rock
100 Terry A. Francois Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 863-8350
www.anchorbrewing.com

Check out the deep, thick, and creamy amber of the brew at America’s first handcrafted brewery, founded in 1896. Celebrate the tradition by choosing a legacy label that has been popular since 1975 – Liberty Ale. Visit the brewery’s Potrero Hill location or, weather permitting, the outdoor area at The Yard at Mission Rock. This year, on Father’s Day, the San Francisco Giants (against the Colorado Rockies in an away game) and a San Francisco brewing tradition come together. Four large TVs at Anchor Beer Garden near AT&T Park attract baseball fans, where Belcampo serves burgers, hot dogs, salads, and more in the lively outdoor area next to McCovey Cove.

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Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery
1398 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 864-7468
www.magnoliabrewing.com

It’s the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Summer of Love when all eyes were on Haight-Ashbury and Golden Gate Park. Ground zero for a social movement changed the world. So put a flower in your hair and head over to Magnolia Brewing, where owner / brewmaster Dave McLean runs one of the most popular craft breweries in San Francisco. Magnolia is celebrating its 20th anniversary in this historic 19th century landmark and making its own home brewed beers in the heart of Haight-Ashbury. For Father’s Day, book the Sunday brunch or the classic English-style Sunday roast in advance, which is served from 4 p.m.

Almanac Beer Company
2704 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 932-6531
www.almanacbeer.com

Founded in 2010, Almanac is a newcomer to San Francisco and, for once, a gypsy brewery. They do not have their own brewing facility, but they consistently produce beers that are among the top beer experts. Instead, Almanac works with small farms in Northern California to get produce and fresh fruit that is fermented in oak barrels, and creates a seasonal farm-to-barrel series with summery names like Cherry Picker and Blueberry Jack. The new taproom with a sunny beer garden in the Mission District offers 15 alternating beers, including exclusive seasonal releases.

Fieldwork Brewing Company
610 1st St.
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 266-1582
www.fieldworkbrewing.com

This Berkeley-born craft brewery reminds us once again that Napa Valley is not just about wine, it’s downtown Napa too. At the Oxbow Public Market, a destination that is always great to browse, people watch, eat and drink well, Fieldwork has about 20 stools and a patio in a prime spot by the window. Fascinating menu descriptions describe the ever-changing beer releases that you can enjoy on a generous flight of six samples or by the glass. You can even buy something tasty from a market vendor and enjoy it at Fieldwork with an excellent beer or two.

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Eight Bridges Brewing Company
332 Earhart Way
Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 961-9160
www.eightbridgesbrewing.com

Sadie, the friendly brewery pup, greets you. It has always been a Beardsley family run business at Eight Bridges. So bring your dog, kids, and father with you. The tasting room has plenty of space, screens, and lots of games. Seven delicious favorites are always available, as well as a rotation of several seasonal favorites. Do you have a group Do you need a driver? Make a Note: The folks behind the Livermore Wine Trolley are now running Tri-Valley’s brand new Blue Brew Bus to offer an escorted tasting tour of Livermore’s expanding craft brewing scene. Stops include Eight Bridges, Altamont Beer Works, the Working Man Brewing Company, and the new Shadow Puppet Brewing Company.